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USDA Ag Discovery Program

July 4 through July 31 2016

Learn about career possibilities in the plant, animal and veterinary sciences, and learn how the USDA protects the American food supply.  Over four weeks, students will live on the University of Illinois campus and have hands-on experiences in animal and plant laboratories, conducting small laboratory exercises under supervision of plant and animal scientists, and veterinarians, employed by the University and USDA.  Field trips will be to USDA facilities, agricultural businesses, conservation areas, and zoological facilities to experience the vast aspects of the food and agriculture system. Students enhance academic skills in math, science and computers.  Selected students will also have the opportunity to participate in a two week S.T.E.M. education series of workshops in advance of Ag Discovery sponsored through the Research Apprentice program.  The program is a summer S.T.E.M. experience at the University of Illinois, funded by USDA APHIS. Students invited to participate will be required to pay a $50.00 equipment and technology usage fee.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a USDA Agency with a mission to protect and promote U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.  APHIS is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week working to defend America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases. 

Applications will open on January 4 and close on March 7, 2016, deadline for Ag Discovery has been extended until March 21, 2016.

Apply online for Ag Discovery at: